Definition of lorikeet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlôrəˌkēt/


A small bird of the lory family, found chiefly in New Guinea.
  • Charmosyna and other genera, family Loridae (or Psittacidae): several species.
Example sentences
  • Active fast flying lorikeets and big birds such as cockatoos and macaws should be in a large flight aviary.
  • The introduction of exotic diseases and trapping for the pet bird trade are also responsible for the declining numbers of lorikeets in the wild.
  • On a leafless European tree, not more than ten yards from my window, are sitting upwards of thirty lorikeets.


Late 18th century: diminutive of lory, on the pattern of parakeet.

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Syllabification: lor·i·keet

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